still great work!
This is a sick looking case, cannot wait until you release it!
Have you attempted to sand blast the whole case? I'm wondering if that finish would look similar to the finish of a Mac Pro, which would look great!
I have - I used glass bead and while the finished product looks nice it also shows fingerprints easily and is very hard to make uniform in appearance. Mostly it ends up looking uneven and splotchy. This is why I decided to have every unit powder coated either silver or black - it saved me time and money plus the finish will be more consistent.
I guess I could bead blast it and then powder coat it with a clear paint, but that's a lot more work than simply powder coating it. In the end, I already have a 3 year old in the house and just found out my wife is pregnant again so my window of opportunity is closing to finish this project.
Thanks for the suggestion though, maybe I'll play around with one or two units after I get the majority of them sold.
I'm wondering if it would be more ideal for you to find a professional that could blast it and provide a consistent finish? It would save you time and you could offset the cost to your buyers. (I would be willing to pay a premium )
Also, would you be producing full-white cases?
Yeah, I think that looks is awesome but not worth my time or money to try and make happen. It's going to be very expensive. Besides, all the cases are already painted either silver or black, it's the side panel and stand that I'm going to powder coat custom colors because those pieces are still raw.
If you're willing to pay a premium, I would suggest that you could buy one of these and then find someone near you to strip the case and all the adapters to have it bead blasted and then probably anodized to strengthen the surface (to avoid scratches). When I researched this, I found this page which was helpful in describing the process the aluminum needs to go through to get that "mac" look.
I would warn that it's going to be very expensive to have done - the machine shop charged me about $17 per case (which includes 4 pieces each) to powder coat, so it was just much more attractive to me as someone trying to make a consistent product.
I even investigated having some of them plated (copper/gold) and that was going to run well above $1000 each, so that idea was dropped immediately. Let me know if you want some help finding someone to perform the finishing technique near you, you'll get better service and probably pay less than asking me to do it for you.
Wow, didn't think it would be that involved. Think I'll stick to powder coat then lol.
Do you have better pictures of the silver powder coat finish you could share? (full side view)
Will all of the bases be white, or is that just the primer?
I'm sorry, I just saw your message. The internal dimensions are 305mm x 350mm x 68mm. The thickness of the panels is (0.08" or just over 2mm).I'm not sure if I just missed it or if it's really nowhere to be found in this thread, but could you share the dimensions of this case? I'd like to compare it with the Sentry (which I already own, but am considering another build with similar form factor).
This black and blue combination is really beautiful. Really nice job on your design.
I wish I could afford one.